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Banned from traveling to the US, one developer will still get his game shown at GDC

Devolver Digital steps in, adding Lone Light to its lineup

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Devolver Digital, publisher of games such as Titan Souls, Strafe and the Hotline Miami series, has added Lone Light to the lineup of games it’s showing at this year’s Game Developers Conference. It volunteered space to Iranian developer Hessamoddin Sharifpour because he was forced to cancel his plans to attend GDC after the Trump administration announced its ‘Muslim ban.’

Lone Light is described as an atmospheric puzzle game where players control a source of light in order to overcome obstacles.

“The source is not distinguishable from its surrounding,” Devolver wrote in a press release. “To figure out the position of the source and where it is going, players have to use the shadows created by the obstacles in the level to reach the destination.”

You can see the game’s Steam Greenlight trailer above.

Devolver says it received multiple inquiries from indie devs who were interested in their offer to show games from teams that were not able to attend because of the Trump administration’s policies. Nearly all of them backed out, however, saying that “they did not want to draw unwanted or additional attention to themselves from the U.S. government.” Instead, they simply chose not to submit.

There has been a flood of support for developers affected by the U.S.’s sudden movement to block or slow immigration from certain countries. That includes a Humble Bundle campaign, featuring more than 50 games, which raised more than $6.5 million for the American Civil Liberties Union, an organization that has seen incredible support in the months following the November election.

GuideLive reports that co-founder of Devolver, Mike Wilson, is taking a personal stance against the Trump administration in more ways than one. He’s making good on his promise to move out of the country.

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